The Blues suffered their first defeat of 2020/21 at St. Mary’s thanks to first-half goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams, with Lucas Digne being sent off the field in the second half to add to the plight of Carlo Ancelotti.
Everton hero Kevin Campbell believes there is still a “witch hunt” around the club after the defeat to Southampton this weekend.
Former Everton striker Kevin Campbell has looked back on the club’s performance against Southampton and described why, in his opinion, the “witch hunt” against the blues has not stopped
The former Blues striker told GentingBet: “I don’t think Digne’s red card was influenced by the events with Pickford against Liverpool. I believe the referee made his decision based on what he saw.
Ancelotti also referred the sending-off to Everton’s previous draw with Liverpool, and although Campbell disagrees, he believes that a “witch hunt” is still going on.
An initial three-game ban for full back was later reduced to just one game this week, with his manager calling the decision to show the defender a red card immediately after the game “a joke.
“I think it’s done, so everyone just carry on. I understand what Ancelotti is saying, there’s definitely an argument for it, because in the media the witch hunt hasn’t stopped for Everton.
“Rightly the ban of three games has been reduced to one game because it wasn’t really evil or anything.
Campbell believes that this will be another tough game for the Blues to deal with, and emphasized why Richarlison’s absence by a ban might be the key.
Everton faces another away game this weekend, with a trip to Newcastle United on the horizon.
“The bigger question is what went right for Everton against Southampton. The only thing they did right was to show up at the stadium,” he added.
“I think Everton will find it very difficult to go to St. James because obviously it’s a long way from home and you don’t have Richarlison – you don’t realize the work and the players he employs when he’s not there and that he’s taking players away from Dominic Calvert Lewin.
“The game was all Southampton and Everton didn’t have the fire and didn’t create much of anything. For whatever reason, it can happen, and I think it was a bad day at the office, they have to dust off and go back for the next game.
“If he doesn’t play, other teams will plot against Calvert Lewin to stop him, so I think it will be a very difficult game for Everton”.